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Russian Lip Technique for Lip Augmentation

Lip enhancement is one of the most popular treatments in Dr. Michele Green’s boutique NYC office. From models like Kylie Jenner to high-powered women-on-the-go, lip augmentation has become one of the best ways to create a luscious, perfect pout, providing a balanced focal point when it comes to facial contouring. Creating the perfect lip shape, varies from person to person, and is a unique specialty of Dr. Green. She will help balance the face and your unique features, in order to compliment your features and give you the best cosmetic results.

Cosmetic lip enhancement is typically achieved through hyaluronic acid dermal filler injectables that boost volume in the lips. This form of lip filler treatment uses a naturally occurring substance in the body – hyaluronic acid – to ignite new collagen production in the lips, helping to create plumpness and improved body of the lips. There are many types of hyaluronic acid fillers, thin dermal fillers such as Restylane Silk and Juvederm Volbella, and thicker dermal fillers such as Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Ultraplus. Matching the right lip filler to achieve the best lip augmentation is an art, which is why patients call Dr. Michele Green the “lip queen.”

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There are several different popular contours and techniques when it comes to lip enhancement, but one of the most popular trending techniques today on social media apps like Tiktok and Instagram is known as the “Russian lip technique.” The Russian lip technique is designed to boost volume near the center of the lips, creating a heart shape akin to a “Russian Doll” and accentuate the cupid’s bow. By focusing on the balance of the lips, a natural, luscious look is achieved without exaggerating the border of the lips.

If you’re interested in the best lip augmentation, NYC board certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best cosmetic injectors in New York. Dr. Green will help give you the perfect pout, whether it be a subtle improvement in fine lines around the lips, to restore lip asymmetry or the border of the lips, or provide a more dramatic lip enhancement.

What are “Russian Lips”?

“Russian lips” are an aesthetic lip contour method that has grown in popularity due to recent trends in lip enhancement that called for a more natural look to filler injections. Patients have been seeking a form of lip augmentation that enhances the lips with a “less is more” technique that uses a more moderate amount of filler. For Russian lips, the lip filler is applied to emphasize the shape of the cupid’s bow at the top of the lips, which is then balanced with enhancement of the lower lip. The goal is to achieve lip rejuvenation by boosting the height of the lips, shortening the distance between the base of the lip and the chin. Russian lip filler technique is based on the foundation of balance and proportion when it comes to lip enhancement, which helps to prevent an overly plump look that can occur with an unskilled injector’s use of traditional lip filler.

What is the Russian Lip Technique?

The Russian lip technique involves injecting hyaluronic acid filler into the center of the lower lip and into the cupid’s bow area of the upper lip. With the proper technique and injector, the Russian lip filler technique can provide perfectly balanced lip contouring while maintaining the careful definition of the border of the lips. Dr. Green has relied on her dermal filler injection technique of “less is more” since she first began offering lip enhancement at her boutique dermatology practice on the Upper East Side, and uses her gentle artistry to create a natural, flawless look to the lips. She’s able to apply this expertise with the Russian lip technique, as well as to correct asymmetry along the lips.

What is the Russian Lip Tenting Technique?

The term dermatologists typically use to describe lip filler techniques, like the Russian lip technique, is a “tenting” technique. This term came from the idea that the filler injections acts as a “tent poles”, providing useful structure to the lips which can enhance the overall fullness and pout of the lips without the need for invasive surgeries or other contouring techniques. Additionally, the tenting technique can help to highlight the border of the lips which in turn enhances the heart shape of the cupid’s bow.

What is the process for the Russian Lip Injection Technique

The process for the Russian lip injection technique is simple and convenient. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green to discuss your medical history and aesthetic needs and goals, and cosmetic photographs are taken for your record. Dr. Green will examine your lips to carefully develop a treatment that will best fit your needs. Through this process, she can assist in selecting the best dermal filler option for you (typically either Restylane or Juvederm formulations).

For the procedure itself, a topical numbing cream (anesthetic) will be applied to the treatment area to prevent any potential discomfort. Then, Dr. Green will inject the preselected dermal filler into the injection site, tenting the application of the dermal filler towards the center of the lips to create height and emphasize the heart shape of the upper lip. The lip fullness and line is carefully shaped to complete this beautiful look. To ensure an even distribution of the filler, Dr. Green will carefully massage the treatment area after the lip filler is injection.

After your session, you can resume normal daily activity almost immediately, though we recommend avoiding extreme exercise or heat for 48 hours post-treatment. One of the reasons why lip enhancement through the use of non-invasive injectables has become so popular is that the procedure requires zero downtime, and results are apparent immediately.

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Russian Lip Technique vs. Normal Lip Augmentation

Russian Lip Technique relies on the same formulations and medical processes as traditional lip augmentation. Russian lip technique and traditional lip filler both use hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to ignite collagen production, producing luscious volume and rejuvenation with results that can last up to a full year. The primary difference between traditional lip filler technique and Russian lip filler technique is the aesthetic approach to the injection. Dr. Green has expertise working with a myriad of patients each seeking a look that will best compliment their natural features. She is adept at tailoring both traditional lip filler techniques and the Russian lip technique to help make her patients look and feel their best.

What is Russian Technique Lip Filler?

When it comes to selecting lip filler for the Russian lip technique, it’s important to consider the available dermal fillers that are custom designed to enhance the lips. Typically, Dr. Green relies exclusively on hyaluronic acid fillers to treat the lips, as hyaluronic acid formulations provide hydration, fullness, and flexibility that emphasize the nature of the lips. Depending on a patient’s aesthetic wants and facial contouring, she may recommend the use of Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Restylane Kysse, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, or Belotero Balance for lip enhancement.

When it comes to the Russian lip filler technique, the initial injector method was developed using Restylane brand hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Restylane Kysse, the newest in Restylane’s line of hyaluronic acid fillers, is a particularly excellent option for Russian lip technique. Restylane Kysse uses advanced XpresHAn cross-linking technology that allows the hyaluronic acid particles to bind seamlessly with the cells of the lips, which creates an incredibly smooth finish. Restylane Kysse not only can boost the volume of the lips, but also offers rich hydration that can keep a picture-perfect pout looking gorgeous for up to a full year.

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Hyaluronic Acid Lip Fillers

Different hyaluronic acid lip fillers offer a variety of subtle differences that can make or break the final look of non-invasive lip enhancement. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to use her immense knowledge on cosmetic injectables to determine which treatments are right for you.

Juvederm®  and Restylane®  lip fillers are highly popular lip fillers as they’re designed to integrate into the lips while offering volume and lip contouring that lasts. Juvederm Volbella and Juvederm Ultra both offer unique cross-linking technology with a slightly larger particle size, which is an excellent option for patients seeking a full-bodied lip. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, and Restylane Kysse all have a slightly smaller particle size, meaning that the formulation is designed to create more subtle lip enhancement. This formulation offers excellent treatment when it comes to rejuvenation of not only the lips but also the area around the mouth.

Can Hyaluronic Acid Fillers be combined with Botox?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are popular for a variety of treatment areas, including lip augmentation, cheek enhancement, chin contouring, and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles along the forehead, near the eyes, and around the mouth. Additionally, these dermal fillers can offer an excellent complementary treatment with Botox injectable, helping to eliminate both dynamic wrinkles and fine lines due to age-related volume loss. Many patients opt to engage with both Botox® and hyaluronic acid lip fillers in order to create a youthful, luscious appearance for both the lips and the lower face. 

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Is the Russian Lip Technique Safe?

When provided by an expert, board-certified injector, the Russian Lip Technique is incredibly safe. For most patients, side effects are incredibly mild and may include slight swelling, redness, or bruising at or near the injection site. However, most patients find that the treatment is pain-free and leaves them with optimal lip enhancement results between 24 hours and one week after treatment.

How to do Russian Lip Technique

In order to achieve the Russian lip technique, it’s vital to work with an experienced, qualified, and artful injector. Though many medical spas or wellness centers offer free consultations and cosmetic injectable treatment, an inexperienced injector, can not only lead to an unsatisfactory result, but also put a patient at risk for unwanted side effects. If an unqualified injector applies the dermal filler directly into a blood vessel, severe adverse reactions can occur. For this reason, we recommend that you work exclusively with a board-certified medical professional for any injectable treatment. Dr. Green has the knowledge and expertise to provide safe, precise injectable treatments, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority.

Can you combine Botox lip flip with lip fillers?

The Botox lip flip is a lip treatment that has risen in popularity recently for its ability to provide a fuller, plumper look to the lips by relaxing the facial muscles of the mouth area. By injecting Botox, a neuromodulator that “freezes” nerve signals to overactive muscles in facial expressions, the upper lip naturally curls upwards and the lower lip curls downward without the need to inject the lips themselves. This offers a naturally fuller lip, as it makes the lips look slightly more open. Additionally, the Botox lip flip can be combined with hyaluronic acid lip fillers in order to boost volume to the lips and enhance the overall shape of the lips. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to carefully analyze the shape of your lips to determine which treatment plan will offer the best possible lip augmentation.

Can lip injections​​​​ be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Lip injections area popular treatment for patients seeking lip enhancement, and can be combined with other treatments in the lower face to create a more youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are commonly used not only to  improve a patient’s pout, but also to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the mouth area, including laugh lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines. Additionally, for patients seeking overall enhancement of the lips, chin and jawline, Dr. Green offers several rejuvenating treatments. Many patients will combine dermal filler treatment with Botox to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles or to create the Botox lip flip.

Another complementary treatment to lip injectables is that of skin resurfacing lasers, such as the V-beam, eMatrix, and Fraxel Dual lasers. The V-Bream laser is a particularly excellent option for patients struggling with redness from acne or rosacea, as well as inflammation and irritation. The eMatrix laser is a skin resurfacing tool for patients of all skin types without the risk of hyperpigmentation or discoloration, and can reduce the appearance of fine lines, scarring, and uneven skin texture. The Fraxel Dual laser is dual wavelength laser that improves skin tone and texture in a wide variety of patients for overall skin rejuvenation.

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When it comes to creating a more youthful appearance in the lower face, chin and jawline, there are several treatments that can help. One popular option for patients looking to treat jowls or sagging skin on the jawline is Thermage® radiofrequency treatment. Thermage relies on radiofrequency energy to boost elastin and collagen production deep within the dermis, helping to firm and tone the skin. Thermage can be combined in a rejuvenating treatment plan with dermal fillers, as well as CoolSculpting® and Kybella® injectable treatments, in order to successfully contour the lower face and jawline.

How long do Russian lip fillers last?

The answer to how long Russian lip fillers last varies depending on the filler used and the desired volume of the lips. However, for patients engaging with Restylane Kysse lip filler treatment, they can expect results that are rather long lasting. Though hyaluronic acid is metabolized slightly faster in areas with a large amount of facial expression like the lips, Restylane Kysse has been shown to have a durability that lasts up to a full year for the majority of patients.

Russian Lip Technique near me

If you’re interested in achieving a celebrity-level glamour for your lips, the Russian lip technique may be right for you. Whatever your aesthetic desires, Dr. Michele Green can work with you and your natural facial contours to create a bold lip that will elevate your look while maintaining a natural feel. Dr. Michele Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in NYC for her aesthetic artistry by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Super Doctors. Contact us online or at 212 535 3088 to arrange an appointment and begin your customized cosmetic lip filler plan.

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